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Shelf Awareness e-newsletter December 7, 2006

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Booklovers may want to sign up for the daily newsletter “Shelf Awareness: Daily Enlightenment for the Book Trade” at http://www.shelf-awareness.com 

Find out what books are just being published, who and what will be on Book TV on C-Span, what authors will be on TV shows like Oprah and the Today Show, and what is selling in bookshops around the country.  For example, in today’s issue, the owner of Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville tells what is hot for Christmas: Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier, The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova, American Gods by Neil Gaiman, the YA fantasy The Floating Island by Elizabeth Haydon, and a new poetry collection by Wendell Berry, The Way of Ignorance.    This one sounded tantalizing:

“Unfortunately one title that would be a store bestseller if we could get more copies is Martin Millar’s The Good Fairies of New York (Soft Skull Press), a hilarious contemporary fantasy about Scottish fairies creating chaos among the fairy tribes of modern-day New York City. A great intro from Neil Gaiman (a favorite author among our customers–see above), support from our in-store SF/Fantasy book club and enthusiastic handselling has caused it to take off. But The Good Fairies of New York is out of stock at the publisher and at all distributors because several other independents are doing well with it. Richard Nash, the publisher of Soft Skull, tells me that he’s gone back to press on the book. Some customers who loved it have returned looking for other Millar books.”

I add about 10 books a day to my “must read” list, so beware.  Between this e-newsletter and our subscription to Bookmarks, my “must read” list is getting stressful.   

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